The Well-Fed Daughter turned 2 this week! Poor thing… she ran a fever and felt horrible most of the day. But thankfully, we had decided to celebrate last weekend.
I was surprised at her request for a princess party… at 2?! I was thinking more along the lines of Hello Kitty, like her cousin had for her 2-year birthday party last year, fully expecting a princess party a few years down the road. But since her older brother has been to two princess birthday parties for classmates during the year, I guess I should not have been too surprised.
She got to be “Princess for a Day”. I bought her some bubble bath, which I introduced her to a few days before the party day. She kept lifting her hands and feet out of the tub and looking at the bubbles, as if to say, “Why is there still soap in my tub?” On the day of her party, she wanted nothing to do with the bubble bath! Her aunt is an esthetician, so she gave her her first manicure/pedicure. She wasn’t too sure about that either. My mom and dad helped hold her and keep her hands and feet still while the polish dried. Family came to celebrate with her after her nap.
While making plans for the party, I thought it would be fun to have tea party type foods, but since she’s so young, with punch instead of tea! Here’s what we served:
1 – Berry Canapes, which we served during our Feast of the Ages recipe series. You will find the post with the recipe for Berry Canapes here. They were a favorite among party guests.
2 – Veggie stick cups with dip in the bottom. I had pinned this idea sometime in the past on Pinterest. You can see the pin with the original idea here. I loved this idea and it worked much better, I thought, for serving dip. Here is another great idea if you’d prefer to serve with the even prettier presentation of baguette-cups I found on Pinterest instead.
3 – Fruit salsa served with Apple Cinnamon Mini Rice Cakes. We used this fruit salsa recipe from Taste of Home but substituted watermelon for the strawberries. I wanted more of a pinkish color and thought watermelon would be better for that. I’m really not sure it was, but it was tasty anyway. A couple people commented that they aren’t really fans of watermelon on its own but they liked the salsa. I love strawberries so I’m sure we’ll be trying the recipe in its original form sometime.
- Equal parts Ginger Ale and Cherry 7-Up
- Vanilla ice cream
- Maraschino cherries, finely chopped
- Pour Ginger Ale and Cherry 7-Up into punch bowl and stir.
- Add 4-5 scoops of ice cream. Taste and add more equal parts soda or ice cream to adjust flavor if desired.
- Sprinkle cherries over ice cream. Serve immediately.
[Note: I used the cherries for a confetti look. They were really too heavy and sank to the bottom of the punch bowl once the ice cream mixed into the punch. I would try some sprinkles next time, but I am not sure how long they would last before dissolving into the punch. If anyone knows of another way to create a confetti look on top of the punch, please let me know in the comments!]
5 – Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes. Our children’s favorite cake is our Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake. The Chef made it a couple of weeks prior to the birthday party, and they kept requesting more of it, so we figured we’d go unconventional with her birthday cake. The Chef used the same recipe as the cake but used cooking spray before putting the batter into the cupcake pan.
6 – Egg Salad Sandwiches.
- 6-8 eggs, boiled
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- salt to taste
- Peel eggs and mash with a fork until eggs are crumbled into small pieces.
- Add mayonnaise a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached (some people like a creamier consistency; we prefer less mayonnaise). After each tablespoon of mayonnaise is added, stir it into the eggs until well incorporated.
- Add mustard and salt and stir together.
(Note: May wish also to add some pickle relish. Some like this flavor in their egg salad, although, The Chef does not.)
While looking at our pictures, I realized that the cupcake toppers and princess plates do not “coordinate” whatsoever! I’m sure those who like everything to match perfectly notice I did not use princess theme throughout all of the decorations, per se. That was completely on purpose. I didn’t really want the princess “theme” everywhere, so I decided to do a coordinated design rather than 100% matching.
I liked the feminine look of the lace tablecloth rather than the princess themed one and the pretty bold polka dot napkins with coordinating colors rather than the princess themed napkins. I thought it worked out rather nicely, with the exception of the totally different princess pictures on the cupcakes and the plates!
Oh, well. She had a great time at her party and I am sure she will not hate me when she grows up and realizes I was not the perfect party planner for her 2nd birthday party. Who knows… maybe she won’t even notice.
If anything, maybe that imperfect detail will serve as a message that it’s okay not to be perfect… I’m learning myself that sometimes there are more important things in life than achieving perfection in every minute detail. It’s a hard lesson for a detail-oriented personality.
Hopefully when she is old enough to care, what she will remember most is the love and memories captured in the pictures from that day.